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Homicide in pre-Famine and Famine Ireland$
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Richard Mc Mahon

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781846319471

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781846319471.001.0001

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Homicide rates in Ireland, 1801–1850

Homicide rates in Ireland, 1801–1850

(p.12) 1 Homicide rates in Ireland, 1801–1850
Homicide in pre-Famine and Famine Ireland

Richard Mc Mahon

Liverpool University Press

At certain times and in certain areas in pre-Famine and Famine Ireland there could be high rates of lethal violence relative to those found in the present day in Ireland and much of Europe - being comparable, at their very worst, to those found in some areas of the United States of America in the 1990s. It is also clear, however, that such activity was not wholly representative of experiences of lethal violence in Irish society over the course of the first half of the nineteenth century. Rather rates were not much greater than those found in nineteenth-century England and, in the present day, in Ireland, north and south, and in Europe generally. There is, indeed, little statistical evidence, in the context of a study of homicide at least, to support the view that Ireland was a ‘remarkably’ violent society at this time.

Keywords:   homicide, infanticide, statistics, Europe, police, medical care, rural unrest

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